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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Feb. 7-9

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Cultural Awareness Series.

Friday

The Dallas Black Dance Theatre begins performances of the company’s yearly Cultural Awareness Series, a thought-provoking cross-section of new work in contemporary dance, this evening. You’ll see pieces from Christopher L. Huggins, a former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre company member known for his theatrical choreography, and Chang Yong Sung, a Korean choregrapher who works with I KADA Dance in New York, a company dedicated to the intersection of contemporary and traditional Korean dance. Then there’s the premiere of “Una Familia, Todos Unidos – One Family, All United,” a collaboration between DBDT company member Richard A. Freeman, Jr. and Gumaro Armando Silva of Houston’s Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) organization that conjures the spirits and sentiments of civil rights activists Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez.

Unfortunately, your dining and drinking options around the Wyly Theatre have dwindled once again. But Carol Shih is so helpful and nice, she’s compiled some four affordable, delicious dishes for dining at Tei-An without stressing out your wallet.

Also tonight, local act Theater Fire plays a benefit show for band member Curtis Heath, who has cancer. Our music critic, Christopher Mosley, calls them “one of the more respectable acts in the overcrowded world of local singer-songwriter dominant roots music,” and with support from the Baptist Generals and Dark Rooms, this should make for a great show.

Saturday

The most delightful of people—nerds—will descend on Las Colinas for the Sci-Fi Expo. It starts Saturday and continues through Sunday. Special guests include Richard Dreyfuss, Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan, and Arrow‘s Stephen Amell. The last two are only around on Saturday. For a complete look at the comic book guests, go here.

A couple theater-related notes: If you’ve yet to buy tickets to On the Eve at Theatre Three and you feel like you might potentially want to see a show that’s loosely about time-travelling historical figures, you should buy those tickets soon. Seating for Saturday night’s performance is ‘very limited’, which doesn’t mean impossible if you act quickly. Meanwhile, you can still get tickets to the evening performance of Oedipus el Rey at the Dallas Theater Center, another show that’s worth your time.

Sunday The Modern Art Museum and the Nasher Sculpture Center both open their David Bates exhibits on Sunday, solid evidence for calling him “the most successful Dallas artist ever.” Which we totally did, in the February issue. Peter Simek has a big feature on Bates, an artist who chose our humble city over New York and managed to find professional success anyway. You should make plans to check out both museums, since the Nasher will primarily focus on Bates’ sculpture, while the Modern delves into his paintings.

For more to do this weekend, go here.